From the very moment that the Biden administration began carrying on about the potential for a vaccine mandate in this country, there was talk about the constitutionality of that particular idea.
Many, particularly in libertarian circles, began to loudly assert their right to bodily sovereignty. Then, when the Biden vaccine mandate went into effect, many paid with their careers.
You see, the mandate didn’t just target federal workers, but those in the private sector as well.
As it turns out, the Supreme Court now thinks at least part of the mandate is completely unenforceable.
The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies, but allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.
The rulings came three days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency measure for businesses started to take effect.
The mandate required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees get vaccinated or submit a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. It also required unvaccinated workers to wear masks indoors at work.
There was no mistaking the sentiment of the ruling.
“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.
“Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the court wrote.
This is just the latest setback for the Biden administration, and it comes at a time in which the President is suffering from some of the worst approval polling numbers in the history of the office.